Cornell Electric Vehicles

(Formerly Resistance Racing)

Founded in 2014, Cornell Electric Vehicles is a Cornell University engineering project team dedicated to designing the world's most fuel efficient vehicles.

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As the first project team at Cornell University to explore completely electric vehicles, and one of the teams affiliated with the School of Electrical and Computer Engineering, Cornell Electric Vehicles gives students of all majors and ages an opportunity to apply knowledge from classes to modern issues in engineering such as sustainable design and electric mobility.

Our unique projects incorporate and integrate analog and power systems; digital and microcontroller design; mechanical design; and chemical design. Experience in all of these disciplines is highly relevant to the growing fields of power storage, electric drives, and energy management. In past years, we designed and built an all electric motorcycle.

In April 2018, we placed 5th out of 24 teams in the Shell Eco-Marathon Competition in our first year competing. In 2019, we competed again with a completely new vehicle and placed 3rd! To learn more about our vehicles, click below!

Our Vehicles

The Competition

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Shell Eco-Marathon, a competition held in California in April, is a test of ultimate fuel efficiency. Each team must attempt to travel a set distance using the least amount of energy possible. Cornell Electric Vehicles competed against engineering project teams from across the country where teams were open to powering their vehicles with gasoline, diesel, liquid fuel made from natural gas, hydrogen fuel cells, or batteries. We competed in the prototype battery electric category.

Competitors were judged on how much energy the vehicle used during their best run. Each valid run consisted of 7 laps around the track, which had to be completed within 24 minutes. Competitors were allowed to make as many runs as time permitted.

For more information, visit the Shell Eco-Marathon Americas Website.

Latest Updates

Keep up with what the team is doing by following our Facebook page! Here are some of the most recent posts and updates.


The team relies on the continued support from sponsors to achieve our goals. If you wish to become a sponsor of the team, send all inquiries to

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Recruitment for Cornell Electric Vehicles is now closed.
Check back next fall for our 2020 recruitment cycle!